I attended Columbia College in Columbia, SC, for the first two years of my college life. During my time at this all women's college we celebrated diversity, culture and the courage to stand up for what's right. The month of March was always special since it was the celebration of women's History Month. The theme for the 2014 National Women's History Month is "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment."
The 2014 nominees…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 5, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments
I have had the pleasure of teaching Wixie and Pixie in several classrooms lately. Due to time constraints, I usually only have about 45 minutes to introduce the tool and have the students create something. Just recently, I had the kids create an acrostic poem of something they were learning about in 2nd grade…Continue
Added by Carolyn Daly on January 16, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments
Q. Can students type in other languages in Pixie? (or Wixie or Frames or Share)? Especially when the languages use non-Latin characters?
But, of course, this isn't an easy answer and varies depending on your hardware and operating system. For example, you can change your operating system to display in another language. You can also attach a keyboard that is set up for another language. These mean that there are lots of variations out there.
Added by Melinda Kolk on November 21, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
It must be getting to that time... I am starting to get lots of emails about how parents can purchase Pixie at home for their child.
I've included some links below and you can also download the Take Pixie Home for the Holidays - Brochure that includes links to the Home Edition, the apps for iPad, Android, and Kindle, as well as the parent…Continue
Added by Melinda Kolk on November 18, 2013 at 4:25pm — No Comments
I have been seeing these comics show up on Facebook created by my friends with Bitstrips. My brother thinks it is fun to create his own comics of daily life, but my niece politely let him know that he could have been doing it all along in Wixie.Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on October 31, 2013 at 7:15am — No Comments
My son is the world's biggest critic and loves to share his opinion. Problem is, he has yet to learn to share his opinion in a nice tone and we have to coax the reasons for his opinion out of him. Late last night news hit about Ben Affleck being cast as the next Batman. Joey's also a HUGE superhero fan and I while he was part of the 1% that liked Dare Devil a little, he's going to have a huge fit when he finds out. I hope he doesn't find out till after chores are done tonight.
Added by Danielle Abernethy on August 23, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments
A friend of mine recently asked for suggestions for books to read to the class for first day school to third graders. That prompted other friends looking for suggestions for other grades. I thought I'd share books by two of my favorite authors, and hope that you will share some of yours as well!
Of course, Dr. Seuss leads that list! I have a special fondness for Dr. Seuss with a story from Germany. Ask me about it sometime. So with Dr. Seuss I like the ever so popular "Oh The Places…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on August 16, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments
Fact: 10% of students enrolled in our schools today are second language learners.
Fact: ELL’s need to spend at least 50% of their instructional time “producing” oral language.
Fact: ELL’s students will be assessed on the Common Core Standards in the majority of the states.
So with these facts in mind, how do you start preparing students for learning in another language in a meaningful and deep way as the new Common Core standards propose?
I am not a language…Continue
Added by Carolyn Daly on August 1, 2013 at 7:51pm — No Comments
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T his Saturday is one of my favorites of all year! First, it's May 4th, so I get to go around saying "May the Fourth be with you" to all and have them look at me like I'm a crazy Catholic off her pew.
AND it's Free Comic Book Saturday!!! Once a year, the independent comic book stores can sign up to participate and…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on May 1, 2013 at 8:53am — No Comments
We recently did a cute project inspired by the books My Dog is as Smelly as a Dirty Sock and My Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil. The students had to pick a family member or classmate and then create their own simile portrait incorporating the objects they selected.
I'm not usually so good about posting projects but I happen to have the pictures and a few spare minutes :-)…Continue
Today I recevied an email from one of our teachers in which he shared a project template he created for his students. He's a pretty new Pixie user, and he asked me for some feedback. Well, I can't give feedback unless I play, so I did! I explored the template's features, ease of use and the directions. When done, I…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on February 13, 2013 at 8:31am — No Comments
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I remember that in my old school., returning from Christmas break meant gearing up for the big state test. For many teachers that means no time for creativity because the…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on January 3, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments
One of the final questions asked last night really struck a chord with me during the Vice-President's debate. The question was about the negativity of the ads. Both sides of the campaign are guilty of running negative ads. My niece and I were talking about the ads the other day and we agreed that they all make us feel like we're about to enter a world similar to that seen in Hunger Games or that new show…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on October 12, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments
I wanted to encourage everyone to think about joining International Dot Day. If you aren't familiar with Peter Reynold's The Dot, it is wonderful book that tells the story of a caring teacher who reached a reluctant student in a very creative way.
September 15th(ish) is International Dot Day — a day for classes to explore the story’s powerful themes: bravery, creativity and self-expression. Pixie is…Continue
Added by Melinda Kolk on August 27, 2012 at 4:24pm — No Comments
I live about six miles from the west coast of Florida in a little town called Brooksville. This weekend, all eyes were on the tropical storm as it teased us with its potential path and how it could inflict pain on us. Heavy rains? Flooding? High winds? Tornadoes? On Sunday the schools decided to close to be safe. During Tropical Storm Debbie we had problems with flooding and then sink holes opening up. (Sink holes are always going to be an issue, just aggravated more by storms as heavy as a…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on August 27, 2012 at 2:57am — No Comments
Today is "Plant a Flower Day", a sure sign that spring is in the air and just around the corner. Now personally, I've never been one with a green thumb. I killed the first plant in my classroom and one of my students made the comment, "I sure hope your teaching thumb is better than your gardening thumb. It's more brown than green and that's not good for the plant."
However, one can dream. So here's an idea to get you started:
Introduce the idea of a graden by reading Peter…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 12, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments
I know this guy that absolutely hates the font Comic Sans. He has signed to ban the font. My son and niece love it, but then they are both comic book readers. What do the two have to do with each other? Well Comic Sans was actually created in 1994 to imitate the historical look of comic book lettering. (This is according…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on February 17, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments